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John Keats The life of a poet Katrina Bartlett English per2 May 31 2000 pg 1 He started at the pacific All his menlooked at each other with a wild surmise--silent upon a peak in Darien Beauty is truth truth Beauty --that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know The author of these and many other lines fixed permanently in the shared consciousness of those who speak English John Keats was an extremely unlikely candidate for poetic immortality Born into a working-class family two centuries ago Orphaned in childhood his work was subjected to vicious attacks by established literary critics dead in his mid-twenties from tuberculosis he overcame all obstacles not only to write some of the finest poems in the language but also to form in the minds of millions of people John Keats was born in London on October 31 1795 The first child of Thomas Keats he was a livery-stable keeper And his wife Frances Jennings Keats was a housewife Three more sons were born one of whom died in infancy A daughter was born to the couple before Thomass death in April 1804 from a horse accident With four very young children to care for Frances married a man named William Rawlings in 1805 The marriage was not successful and when the couple separated in the following year she and her four children went to live with her mother John Keats received his earliest education at a private school in Enfield run buy the Reverend John Clarke Among his classmates was the headmasters son Charles Cowden clarke Who would be his lifelong friend Keatss mother died of tuberculosis in February 1810 and in 1811 he was taken out of school and apprenticed to Thomas Hammond a surgeon at Edmonton hospital It was during this
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